WBC: Puerto Rico 6, Venezuela 3

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, March 9 (UPI) -- Mike Aviles drove in three runs and Luis Figueroa added a two-run double Saturday in Puerto Rico's 6-3 win over Venezuela in World Baseball Classic play.

MLB: Houston 4, Chicago Cubs 0

HOUSTON, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Tommy Manzella's two RBI backed Nelson Figueroa's six scoreless innings Sunday in Houston's 4-0 blanking of the Chicago Cubs in the teams' season finales.

MLB: Houston 2, Cincinnati 0

CINCINNATI, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Brandon Lyon recorded a milestone save Wednesday that preserved a 2-0 victory for Houston and Nelson Figueroa over NL Central-champion Cincinnati.

MLB: Cincinnati 11, Houston 1

HOUSTON, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Bronson Arroyo, buoyed by three Reds homers, collected his career-best 16th win Saturday in Cincinnati's 11-1 rout of Houston.

MLB: Houston 7, Los Angeles Dodgers 4

HOUSTON, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Jason Castro and Geoff Blum drove in fifth-inning runs with consecutive doubles and the Houston Astros went on to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-4.

MLB: Phila. 4, Cincinnati 3 (12 innings)

PHILADELPHIA, July 8 (UPI) -- Brian Schneider cracked a solo home run in the bottom of the 12th inning Thursday to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 4-3 win over Cincinnati.

MLB: New York Mets 4, Houston 0

NEW YORK, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Nelson Figueroa pitched a complete-game, four-hit shutout Sunday to lead the New York Mets to a 4-0 win over Houston and a three game sweep.

MLB: N.Y. Mets 4, Chicago Cubs 1

CHICAGO, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Nelson Figueroa limited the Chicago Cubs to a run and six hits in seven innings Sunday, leading the New York Mets to a 4-1 win at Chicago.

MLB: N.Y. Mets 4, Milwaukee 2

MILWAUKEE, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Carlos Delgado hit a two-run homer in the eighth Monday to give the New York Mets a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

MLB: Washington 10, N.Y. Mets 4

NEW YORK, May 12 (UPI) -- Winning pitcher Odalis Perez went 3-for-3 with two RBI Monday in the Washington Nationals' 10-4 victory over the New York Mets.

MLB: LA Dodgers 5, N.Y. Mets 4

LOS ANGELES, May 7 (UPI) -- Blake DeWitt raced around the bases for an inside-the-park homer that carried the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-4 win over the New York Mets Tuesday.

MLB: N.Y. Mets 6, Atlanta 3

NEW YORK, April 27 (UPI) -- Carlos Delgado bashed two solo home runs and Raul Casanova hit a two-run shot Sunday, carrying the New York Mets past Atlanta 6-3.

MLB: Chicago Cubs 8, N.Y. Mets 1

CHICAGO, April 22 (UPI) -- Ronny Cedeno had a grand slam homer and five RBI Tuesday, powering the Chicago Cubs to an 8-1 victory over the New York Mets.

MLB: N.Y. Mets 4, Milwaukee 2

NEW YORK, April 11 (UPI) -- Nelson Figueroa won his first game as a starter in more than four years Friday, producing a six-inning outing to carry the New York Mets past Milwaukee 4-2.

Phillies get Ricardo Rodriguez from Texas

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- The Philadelphia Phillies got right-handed pitcher Ricardo Rodriguez from the Texas Rangers Monday to complete the Vicente Padilla trade.
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Nelson Figueroa
PHI2001070105 - 01 JULY 2001 - PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, USA: Right handed Pitcher Nelson Figueroa (57) wins his first major league game as a starter as Philadelphia hosts Florida in an afternoon game at Veterans Stadium on July 1, 2001. rlw/ja/Jon Adams UPI

Nelson Walter Figueroa, Jr. (born May 18, 1974 in Brooklyn, New York) is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros. He attended Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts where he pitched for three years and earned a bachelors degree in American Studies. The right-handed starting pitcher and occasional long reliever stands at 6'1", 205 pounds. He features a fastball touched 91 mph, curveball, slider, and changeup. He is of Puerto Rican descent and played for Puerto Rico in the past World Baseball Classics

Figueroa attended Abraham Lincoln High School.

He was drafted 833rd overall by the New York Mets in the 30th round of the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft and was subsequently traded along with outfielder Bernard Gilkey to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 1998 for Jorge Fábregas, Willie Blair and cash considerations. Figueroa made his major league debut with the Diamondbacks during the 2000 season, becoming the first Brandeis University alumnus to reach the major leagues. Figueroa started in three games that year and compiled an 0-1 record and a 7.47 ERA. On July 26, 2000, Figueroa was traded with Vicente Padilla, Travis Lee, and Omar Daal to the Philadelphia Phillies for Curt Schilling. Figueroa spent the rest of the 2000 season pitching for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons of the International League (AAA), compiling a record of 4-3 and an ERA of 3.78.

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